Composting & Worm Farming
Recycling Food Waste
This is something that is much easier than you would expect. In years gone by, every household had a compost heap. It was nothing like what we can get now, it was most likely just a few bits of 4x2 in the corner of your back yard where grass clipping and food scraps used to get thrown together.
I know when we first thought about getting a compost bin we thought it was going to take more time to manage. But we decided to purchase one and see how we got on with it.
We spent about $35 and put it out by the shed and started putting our food scraps in it. Originally I thought we were going to fill it up in no time as we were putting a bit of grass clippings in, the food waste and shredded paper from my office. However we were surprised at how quickly everything started breaking down and since we started using it about 8 years ago we have only emptied it maybe three times.
We also noticed that as soon as we took the food waste out of our general waste bin, it stopped smelling because there was nothing putrefying in it.
After a while we had put in a couple of gardens and we decided to try our hands at worm farming. My husband Vaughn went on a course for a couple of hours to learn all about it. He came home from the course with a worm farm and we got started.
The funny thing was that we have found that it doesn’t actually take much time at all to use either of the options. The only thing we changed was that instead of putting all of the food waste in the rubbish bin, we have a bucket for food waste that we put in the compost bin and one for the worm farm. It is really easy. We use the worm tea from the worm farm to put around our fruit trees and on the garden, the compost goes into the raised bed gardens that we have and so does the vermicast that comes out of the worm farm.
Here is a bit more information about your composting options.
There are a number of ways you can recycle your household food waste - In Compost bins, using the Bokashi method or worm farming.